MADSION, WI- The Department of Natural Resources has reached another major conservation milestone. The agency announced today they have successfully reintroduced a breeding population of elk to the Marquette Interchange.
It has been well over 100 years since elk were seen in Milwaukee County but now, thanks to the DNR, Milwaukee’s rush-hour commuters will likely see them every day.
The Department acknowledges that it may take some time for area residents to get used to the herd now roaming the interchange. At a press conference today the Department’s spokesperson said in part, “We recommend that drivers reduce their speed to less than 80 to allow these animals to move between their foraging sites.”
It is hoped that the herd will reproduce slowly over time and expand their range in to the third ward. Long term plans call for similar reintroductions of both bears and wolves in the Summerfest grounds by 2030.